So, another great jackpot at the Safari and, as usual the crowd will be thin. Monday night in Abbeyhill is not exactly Saturday afternoon in Shanghai, if you know what I mean.
The odds are ever in your favour.
MEanwhile, here’s the cheat clip, giving you one of the answers in tonight’s Brass Monkey Leith music round. It’s Feeder…
People sometimes talk about trivia and quizzing in terms of “useless knowledge”. I ususally disagree, usually I think that getting into the world of trivia opens up routes of curiosity that leads towards better understanding of the world and ultimately more wisdom.
However, there are counter-examples. Check this sentence I found on the Wikipedia page devoted to this single by Feeder:
Despite reaching the top 5 and equaling "Buck Rogers" chart placing, it would become the smallest selling top 5 single of the 2000s, with sales of 19,400.
Great stuff. Thank, Wiki.
By the way, £150 tonight at the Safari. That’s tasty.
The song in the Brass Monkey Leith music round is by Captain & Tennille who were a big deal in the seventies.
For a while in the 1990s I was right into their schmaltz, I collected their albums.
Now in the modern era I can watch them perform on youtube, live and direct from the actual 1970s.
In true 70s TV superstar style, they always looked a bit wasted. I don’t really know what Quaaludes are but I bet they were on Quaaludes. These are drugs that always get mentioned in 70s rock life-fail biography paragraphs.
They were a couple and were married for 39 years and then she left him. He had some disease along the lines of Parkinson’s. She felt the marriage was a sham and only really there to please the fans.
I read so many of these stories when researching questions. Sometimes I feel sad for the participants and other times I feel nothing. I feel sorry for Tennille and the Captain. Maybe it’s because I like their hits. Perhaps I’m that shallow.
The song in the Brass Monkey Leith music round is by the Ellie goulding. Here is the:
God, it’s so straight.
Here’s something I found earlier today which is NOT STRAIGHT: some bloke from Turkey messing about with frets. He could just leave them alone and play the guitar, but it’s not his style. Microtonal, that’s the name for this weirdness.
This has got nowt to do with the quiz by the way, I just thought it appropriate to provide at least one ever so slightly different way of looking at the world after the sledgehammer normality of that Ellie Goulding tune. I felt my brain turning to ceramic while listneing to it.
The song in the Brass Monkey Leith music round is an eighties cracker. Synths had already been invented for a while when people like Harold Faltermeyer and Jan Hammer had hits, but they made it feel like they had just been invented.
Every morning in nineteen eighty-five included this tune and others like it. You had to have block-rocking shoulders for the walk to school and boombox stride, cos the synth was loud inside your head.
It was the year of strut. We had survived the predicted Orwellian nightmare of nineteen eighty-four and the Chernobyl and Challenger disasters lay ahead. 1985 was cool and it was a time to think about entertainment and chips.
I think we went to Scarborough that year. That was where my dad found the holy grail of custard slice and it has been a truth in our family ever since that the greatest custard slices in the world are to be found on the Yorkshire coast.
See the slices in this picture? They were about one thousandth as good as the ones in 1985 in Scarborough. Plus the Radio One Roadshow was there while we were there with Peter Fucking Powell who, as far as I know, never got Yewtreed.
1985, son. You weren’t there because you’re TOO YOUNG. Youth has its advantages but the drawback is you can’t even REMEMBER how good it was to hear Opus on the radio singing “Live Is Life”.
I’m clutching at memory straws here, but so far they’re holding firm. Still sane.
Leith Walk? The luckiest street in Europe? It’s true. Some scientists measured the luck of people walking up and down Leith Walk and compared this with statistics from three hundred other streets in Edinburgh and a similar sample from eighty other cities around the world including Jakarta and Vienna.
Turns out that Leith Walk is luckier than anyone previously imagined. It’s the best. Just walking down it will make you luckier by eight per cent (average). Actually going to the boozer there will increase your spawn by seventeen per cent (average)*.
The amazing Safari Lounge is hidden away in Abbeyhill. I keep meeting people who go in there after walking past it for months and they always say “Aaah – it’s really great – I wish I’d popped in before.”
So, take it from them and while you’re at it, come to the quiz.
Jackpot: Tonight’s super jackpot is…
Cheat: The picture round contains the answer ‘Luxembourg”
This is your doctor speaking. Take my advice: be cool.
*remember that most of the shit I come up with on these blogs isnae even real.